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The Silence Of God

St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Cavaliere Calabrese, Via Wikipedia

St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665,
by Cavaliere Calabrese, Via Wikipedia

Jesus said, “No man ever born was greater than John the Baptist.” One happening in the exciting Life of the Baptist has always inspired me to persevere in prayer.  John, the ever courageous preacher and forerunner of Jesus, the Messiah, his cousin, rebuked King Herod for his loose way of life.  The King, then threw the Baptist into a dirty dungeon in his summer palace, close to the Dead Sea.

For six months, John made no efforts to contact Jesus, a new powerful voice coming on the scene, except for one occasion. He sent a message to Christ to ask Him if he were the Messiah to come.  Notice, the Baptist, the prisoner, made no pleas for deliverance from his sad state.

From this attitude of John’s, I drew much inspiration. He bore the silence of Jesus without complaint or hard feelings.  From reports, he knew that Christ was aware of his imprisonment.  One day, the executioner came to take his head and John humbly submitted.

 The awful silence of God.  How often I have prayed and told God all my needs. . . Please take away this sickness. . . Release me from this prison of darkness of spirit. . . Help me to keep love in my heart amidst these cold living conditions. . . I never seem to have peace in my life. . .  Only, silence from God greeted most of these pleadings.

I knew He heard me and had power to release me from the many dungeons in which I found myself. Then, my faith faced a challenge.  “God doesn’t care about me.”  Fortunately, the example of the Baptist came to mind, his quiet acceptance of Christ’s silence during his six month imprisonment.  I continued to prayer with complete peace of heart.

In the past, the survivors of the Jewish Holocaust experienced the Silence of God in the heart breaking killings of millions of their fellow Jews by the Nazis. These men and women still ask, “Where was God while all these dastardly things were taking place?”  We can only say, “God’s silence remains a mystery known only to God.”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

October 26, 2015 Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , | 2 Comments